Grateful Dead Live at Carousel Ballroom on 1968-01-17
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
1. Lovelight (12:02)
2. stage banter (3:19)
3. //Dark Star--> (4:48)
4. China Cat Sunflower*--> (3:20)
5. The Eleven%*--> (9:46)
6. Feedback (0:59)
7. //New Potato Caboose--> (8:35)
8. Born Cross Eyed*--> (2:30)
10. Spanish Jam* (15:50)
Disc 2 (34:29)
1. Beat It On Down The Line--> (2:53)
2. Morning Dew (7:40)
3. Cryptical Envelopment--> (1:47)
4. The Other One--> (3:15)
5. Cryptical Envelopment--> (5:04)
6. Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl (13:49)
*first known renditions as of July 2002
--there may be a second cassette generation in the lineage
--first few notes of Dark Star clipped
--splice @ 7:45 in Eleven
--first few notes of New Potato clipped
--splice @ 11:02 in Schoolgirl
part of The Music Never Stopped Project 2002
Thanks to Raoul Duke
edits/encoding by Matt Vernon & J. Cotsman
- San Francisco, CA
- Transferred by
- Jeff Cotsman, Matt Vernon and Raoul Duke
- Carousel Ballroom
Subject: Anywhere I can download this show?
Up until now I had no clue that this show existed and that's been such a pleasant surprise as the Early 1968 "Anthem Of The Sun" shows are among some of my favourites. I notice that none of the copies of the 1968-01-17 show on the archive site are available to download though and I can't seem to find anywhere online that's offering these shows in downloadable format. Does anybody know where I can find this show for downloading? Thanks.
Subject: Whammy to natural vibrato
born cross eyed &
Subject: DarkStar->ChinaCat->Eleven (first live!*)
Subject: 45 years ago this week . . .
Thank you to Archive, and all the generations of tapers, and preservers of the music ~
My fave bit of this show has to be the Spanish Jam into Space here that drips drops of that kool-aid bucket. Come on, January '68?! Can't go wrong.
Subject: Never mind the flaws
Mind-blowing performances that display the band in a period of transition as they move into something bigger, better and more mind-expanding. The Dead at their raw, ragged and psychedelic best, working out the kinks in their newly hatched experiments.
Just check out that Spanish Jam and more specifically the feedback at the end - just incredible.
Subject: A Very Good Show...
Subject: Revised 11/8/11
The last part of the show is spectacular, with fantastically jammed out versions of New Potato, Morning Dew, Cryptical envelopment and Schoolgirl, Cryptical being especially compelling for such an early version. The extended jam in the Eleven is no slouch, either.
But, as Cliff noted, the 16 minute Spanish Jam takes the cake...a definite candidate for the most amazing ever performed, the jam builds to some astonishing peaks. This is NOT a four!!
Subject: Beat it>Morning Dew?
Subject: the lightning bolts of illumination shine quick
Subject: nice show, not the best recording
Subject: what hiss?
In comparison with my cases of cassettes of Dead bootlegs of inferior quality that I have listened to in the pre-IA dark ages, the minor imperfections of this recording are insignificant.
Subject: well i think it sounds amazing
Subject: vocals & lyrics come through crystal clear......
Note: the historical references that previous posters added to this show. Oldest live Dark Star on this site & first live China Cat, Born Cross Eyed & Eleven! Killer Spanish Jam too!
Subject: Notes from Phil's book on this show.
The next show at the Carousel was 2/14/68. Cowboy Neil had just died and that show was dedicated to him. they sound so amazing.
Subject: First China Cat! First Eleven! First Born Cross Eyed!
The very first China Cat sounds like it it’s in a lower key than on Aoxomoxoa and later, and Jerry's reaching for notes at the bottom of his range. It’s a fast take, and Jerry's playing simply smokes throughout.
We then get a rare China Cat->Eleven transition, and it works well here. This is also the first time they played Eleven. Robert Hunter said that the lyrics of the second half of the Eleven were originally intended for China Cat, so it’s interesting to hear the debuts done this way.
This is the earliest Dark Star here at Archive.org, a seed of what it would become. The Dead had only played live it twice before at the end of 1967. This version is up-tempo and short, much like the studio single (as in 45 rpm vinal) they released at this time. On the B-side was Born Cross Eyed, played here for the first time. A jamming New Potato precedes it, as on Anthem of the Sun. Cross Eyed slips in to Spanish Jam, which may also be the first time they played it. (It’s the earliest here on Archive.)
The Other One is only a few months old here, and the lyrics are still evolving. It’s a dynamite jam resolving into Little Schoolgirl, another rare transition. Pigpen is in top form on vocals and harp, back to the Dead’s blues roots.
This is an exciting, historically notable show, but is not a great recording. The bass is muddled and the buzz is annoying at times, and there’s a hiss. 1968 isn’t exactly the dawn of the age of recording. Compare to the 1939 Benny Goodman live Carnegie Hall recording or to many of the 1966 Dead recordings.
i have made 2 CD's of this already because the other one overheated in the radio wile playing it and it no longer works. for get quality for a minute, this is the height of Pigpen and the boys, and they are raw, a little gritty, but A.W.E.S.O.M.E. !!!
GET THIS AND THE DRIVE TO ANY SHOW... you will never be the same.
thank the good lord for recordings in a time of little technological abilities. How in the hell do we have a recording from 1968?
thank you so much.
if you see a blue and white '77 bus goin down the road, i'm probably jammin' out to this one, hiss and feedback and all.
the last track in the first set is super spectacular, thanks again!
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Subject: Don't even read the rest of this -1/17/68. A newer uplod to the archive, and the first of this show
Subject: "Old Speedway Boogie"?
Subject: Four bones!
That said, the 16 minute Spanish Jam is truly amazing, featuring some extraordinary flamenco interplay...
Subject: Great Songs from the Past